As a plastic surgeon addressing a predominantly general surgical audience, I have selected a topic that I hope will be of interest and will add to an understanding of some biological and psychological problems dealt with by plastic surgeons.
One hears a great deal about fragmentation among the specialties, especially in areas of the head and neck and of the extremities. However, instead of wasting words deploring interdisciplinary jurisdictional disputes, I will note optimistically that at least in one activity, namely, craniofacial surgery, several specialties can cooperate in an enterprise leading to a product far greater than the sum of its parts.
Craniofacial surgery, as the name implies, deals simultaneously with the cranium and the face. The originator of this specialty, Paul Tessier of Paris, dominates the field just as Harvy Cushing did when neurosurgery was in its infancy. Tessier, a plastic surgeon, concentrated in his early years on traumatic
Murray JE. The Many Faces of Surgery: Presidential Address. Arch Surg. 1988;123(5):543–544. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1988.01400290025002
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